Natalya Rimskaya-Korsakova

Tchaikovsky Research
Natalya Rimskaya-Korsakova (1868-1956), left, together with her siblings (clockwise) Vladimir, Yury, Anna and Dmitry, surrounding their father Lev Davydov

Niece of the composer (b. 19/31 May 1868 in Kamenka; d. 27 April 1956 in West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.), born Natalya Lvovna Davydova (Наталья Львовна Давыдова); known after her marriage as Natalya Lvovna Rimskaya-Korsakova (Наталья Львовна Римская-Корсакова).

Natalya was the fourth daughter of the composer's sister Aleksandra (b. Tchaikovskaya, 1842–1891) and her husband Lev Davydov (1837–1896). In 1890 she married Nikolay Aleksandrovich Rimsky-Korsakov (1852–1908), who was a cousin of the composer Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, and also the widower of her deceased sister Vera. They had two sons — Sergey and Vladimir — and a daughter, Irina.

Her husband Nikolay, a vice-admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy, died in 1908. In 1923 Natalya emigrated to the United States, where she spent her last years in Center Moriches, Long Island, with her son Vladimir, who was a member of the library staff at Brookhaven National Laboratory [1].

Notes and References

  1. Natalia Rimsky-Korsakoff dies at 91. Composer's cousin, niece of Tchaikovsky, New York Times, 29 April 1956.